In my on going quest for SOTA Goat (1000 points accumulated) and to demonstrate that QRP/CW (non solar) is the preferred backpackers option, I have decided to hike the Long Trail in Vermont that is 272 miles from the Massachusetts border to Canada. Along this trail are 38 SOTA summits with a possible 209 points available.
While I only have a little over two weeks available to hike this trail, the reality is I won’t finish the trail due to time. Being a long distance hike, there is always the possibility of injury (both new and old) occurring or even just loosing interest and motivation while on the trail.
The Long Trail is the oldest long distance trail in the United States and gave inspiration for the Appalachian Trail, another very popular long distance hike. The trail has a total of 67,500 feet of elevation gain and crosses several mountain ranges that include alpine zones, ponds and lots and lots of mud.